Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 8pm
On Saturday, October 28th, Cultural Constructions will present Cultural Constructions IX: Diverse Voices of Islam II, the ninth concert in a series that brings together four Boston-based musicians of diverse cultural and musical backgrounds. In the spirit of greater cultural understanding, the musicians spend a month working together to create new boundary-crossing music as a uniquely eclectic ensemble. This event will feature musicians representing the diversity of the Islamic community of Boston.
The performers will be Turkish vocalist Burcu Gulec, Indonesian gendèr and rebab player Darsono Hadiraharjo, Malian balafone player Balla Kouyate, Moroccan multi instrumentalist Boujemaa Razgui. Together as an ensemble they will showcase the diversity of Islamic musical cultures and genres.
Critics have called Cultural Constructions "outstanding in its ability to bring together diverse performers in programs of the highest level of musicality" (Northeast Performer), and a "semi-annual, must-see concert event in Boston" (Boston Globe). Founded in May 2003, the series has been funded with support from the LEF Foundation, the Berklee College of Music Alumni Grant Program, and Tufts University. This concert was curated by Ellen Band, John Bechard, Ken Field, Chris Florio, Akil Hashim, Jonathan LaMaster, Michael McLaughlin (Director), Jeff Song, and Dennis Warren. Past concerts have featured musicians representing ethnic Andalusian, Balkan, Chinese, Jewish, Latino, Malian, Pakistani, South Asian and Turkish traditions, as well as musical styles including bluegrass, free jazz, hip hop, improvised electronic and world music among many others.